Indian railways mechanical vocational training report 1 haxxo24 i~i
Till recently, Indian Railways have been transporting passenger traffic mainly through coaches
of ICF design. These coaches are being manufactured at ICF and RCF. A limited number of
these coaches are being manufactured at BEML/Bangalore also. These type of coaches are
having limitations in terms of
i) Speed potential;
ii) Heavy corrosion;
iii) Poor riding comfort;
iv) Wearing of parts in the under gear;
To overcome these limitations, Indian Railways entered into supply and technology transfer
contracts with M/s. ALSTOM LHB/Germany to initially supply 24 coaches consisting of 19.
AC chair cars, 2 AC Executive Class Chair cars and 3 Generator cum Brake vans. The bogies
for these coaches are manufactured by M/s. FIAT/SIG Switzerland. These coaches arrived in
India and got commissioned in the year 2001 and put in service on route. These type of
coaches are far superior w.r.t. passenger comfort, safety, speed, corrosion, maintenance and
aesthetics in appearance. These coaches are also longer as compared to ICF design resulting
into more carrying capacity. The expected benefits from these type of coaches are as under:-
i Higher carrying capacity - These coaches are about 2 meters longer than ICF coaches.
With this extra length two additional rows of chairs in chair cars or one additional bay in
sleeper coaches can be accommodated.
ii The weight of LHB coach is lesser as compared to ICF design coaches. LHB coach
can accommodate 72 passengers as compared to 64 in conventional AC III Tier Coach.
Thus giving better pay to tier ratio.
iii Low corrosion – There will be low corrosion of LHB coaches due to extensive usage of
Stainless Steel and better design and manufacturing techniques.
iv Low Maintenance – Replacement and removal of sub-systems will be required only
after one million kilometers.
There are no doors handles projecting outside the coach thus mechanized car washing is
v LHB Coaches have aesthetically superior interiors with FRP panels for side wall and
roof. They can be removed easily for maintenance, resist water seepage and are wear
vi There are no visible screws inside the passenger compartment.
vii Better passenger comfort: Ride Index of 2.5 (Not exceeding 2.75) has been specified as
compared to in conventional ICF coaches.
viii LHB coach offers better passenger safety due.
Use of fire retardant materials for furnishing.
Provision of emergency open able windows.
Vertically interlocked. Centre Buffer couplers.
xi LHB coach offers better passenger amenities due to :
More space for pantry;
Individual reading light in chair car;
Ergonomically designed chairs with reclining back rest|~|
Important Parameters of LHB Coaches
Overall dimensions of coach
Gauge 1676 mm
Length over body 23540 mm
Length over buffer 24000 mm
Height over roof 4039 mm
Maximum width over body 3240 mm
Maximum distance between inner wheels 12345 mm
Window opening 1180x760 mm
Distance between centre pivots 14900 mm
Height of compartment floor from rail level 1303 mm
Under tare condition
Maximum buffer drop under gross load 75 mm
and worn conditions
Maximum height of centre line of side 1105 mm
Buffers above rail level for empty vehicle
Maximum height of centre line of side 1030 mm
Buffers above rail level for loaded vehicle
Maximum tare weight
Chair car 39.4 t
First AC 40.5 t
Second AC 48.4 t
Third AC 50.6 t
LSLR 37.9 t
Wheels mono block 915 mm
Maximum axle load permissible 16 tones
Number of toilets 3
No.of seats 78 (2nd
AC Chair car)
56 (Exe. AC Chair car)
24 (First class sleeper FAC)
52 (Two tier AC sleeper AC2T)
72 (Three tier AC sleeper AC3T)
Higher speed potential 180 Kmph up gradable to 200
Ride index of coach 2.5 at 160 Kmph but not >2.75
WHEEL AND AXLE ASSEMBLY
This is the part of a rake which is just adjacent to the tracks. It basically consists of four
c) Bearing and Housing
Wheel of a rake is a specifically made cylindrical portion having an outer edge shape to
fit in the railway track. The material isstainless steel.
VARIOUS PARTS OF THE LHB RAKE
Axle is the main long cylindrical bar on which wheels are fixed with the help of bearings.
This is also made of stainless steel as above. Each axle contains 2 wheels, the brake
cylinders are also attached to it and in case of LHB coaches, the braking discs are fixed on
to the axle.
COMPONENTS OF WHEEL AND AXLE ASSEMBLY
Two brake disks (4), diameter 640 mm and
width 110 mm.
In built slack adjusting brake cylinder
Two wheel disc of tread dia 915 (New),
A taper roller cartridge type bearing is used and it makes up a preassembled unit. The
axle bearings on the bogie are fitted with sensors for detecting speed (whose signal is
elaborated by the ant slipping system) and a current return device.
The ends of the control arms are fitted with centering devices for the primary
suspension spring assembly. The bearing lubricating plug is fitted in the lower part.
1. Double cup
2. Sealing system
3. Backing ring
FIG. 4-10 AXLE BEARING LONGITUDINAL SECTION
The FIAT Bogie is two-axle type, with a primary and a secondary suspension. The
bogie assembly is shown in fig. 1-1. The Salient features of FIAT Bogie are:
Solid welded Bogie Frame made up of two longitudinal components connected by
two cross beams. The bogie frame rests on the primary suspension spring units and
supports the vehicle body by means of Bolster beam. The Bolster beam is
connected to the bogie frame by secondary suspension.
Primary suspension consist of two steel coil springs (internal/external) laid out on
the Control Arm upper part.
Secondary suspension consists of two spring packs which sustain the bolster beam
over the bogie frame. Each spring pack is made up by an internal and external
spring. An Anti roll bar fitted on the bogie frame realizes a constant, reduced
inclination coefficient during running. The bogie frame is linked to the bolster beam
through two vertical dampers, a lateral damper, four safety cables and the traction
rods. The bogie frame is linked to the coach body through two yaw dampers.
Traction Centre - The traction Centre transmits traction and braking forces
between bogie frame and body by a traction lever on the bolster beam pin and two
Disk Brakes – The FIAT bogie is fitted with pneumatic disk brakes. The
pneumatically operated brake cylinders are fitted with automatic device for taking
up the clearances.
Taper Roller Cartridge Bearing – Fiat Bogie is fitted with 130 mm Cartridge type
The bogie frame is a solid welded frame made by steel sheets and forged or cast parts.
The frame is made up of two longitudinal components (1) connected by two cross-
beams (2) which also support the brake units. The various supports which connect the
different bogie components are welded to the frame. The bogie frame rests on the
primary suspension spring units and supports the vehicle body by means of a bolster
beam. The bolster beam is connected to the bogie frame by the secondary suspension.
1.Bogie frame longitudinal component
Primary suspension is implemented by two units (see FIG. 4-3) of two steel coil springs
(internal (4) and external (5)) laid out on the control arm upper part (13) by a centering
disk (8) and adjustment shims, (if required).
The suspension is also completed by the following components:
A control arm (13), fitted with twin-layer elastic joints (12), connecting the axle
bearing to the bogie frame and transmitting, not stiffly, lateral, longitudinal and
part of the vertical forces;
A vertical damper (14).
Rubber elements (2) separate the primary suspension from the bogie to realize noise
Stops and protections are mounted on the bogie frame for the lifting.
1. Bogie frame
2. Rubber disks
3. Centering disk
4. Internal spring
5. External spring
6. Bump stop
8. Centering disk
9. Control Arm Lower Part
12. Rubber joint
13. Control Arm Upper Part
The secondary suspension enables lateral and vertical displacements and bogie rotation
with respect to body when running through curves.
It is implemented by two spring packs (A, FIG. 4-4) which sustain the bolster beam (1)
over the bogie frame (6). Each spring pack is made up by an internal (3) and an external
spring (4), mounted and positioned through the centering discs (5).
An anti-roll bar (2), fitted on the bogie frame (6), realizes a constant, reduced
inclination coefficient during running.
The bogie frame is linked to the bolster beam through two vertical dampers (7), a
lateral damper (8), four safety cables (9) and the traction rods (10).
The bogie frame is also linked to the coach body through two yaw dampers (11).
1. Bolster beam
2. Anti- roll bar
3. Internal spring
4. External spring
5. Centring disk
6. Bogie frame
7. Vertical damper
8. Lateral damper
9. Safety cables
10. Traction rod
11. Yaw damper
Cross Bar :- Cross bar is the connection between the two ends of the trolley which also
maintains the uniform distribution of the hauling force to all wheels to ensure equal velocity.
Bolster Assembly:- Bolster assembly is the host of the secondary suspension system.
In other words it is like two interconnected housing for springs.
It also connects trolley and the body of the rake.
The main function of bolster assembly is to transform the hauling force and the raking force
form body to wheel and from wheel to body respectively.
Draw and Buffing Gear Assembly :- Draw and buffing gears are attached to the
end of one coach and this two gear mechanisms are made to suit two adjacent coaches into an
uniform continuous movement. They also transform the hauling force from main engine to the
following rake, draw gear is specialized for these purpose, where as the buffing gears are
essential for maintaining a vibration less motion of a coach with respect to its former one.
We have two different arrangements of draw and buffing gear assembly in ICF and LHB
coaches. They are-
Screw coupling and the side buffers serves the aforesaid purpose in case of the draw and
buffing gears respectively in case of ICF coaches. Screw coupling not only gives the boost but
also let two coaches to connect in the formation of a continuous rake. The two jaws of the
screw on both sides are guarded with spring and rubber to minimize the vibration the hauling
force produces. They are called the DRAFT GEARS.
Side buffers are uniquely shaped buffers. They have a flat plate made of stainless steel
and duly lubricated in contact to each other facing each other in motion. They are also guarded
with the iron plated and spring and rubber to minimize the vibration as much as possible.
For LHB coaches we have a multipurpose serving coupling between the two coaches. It is
called in technical terms the Center Buffer Coupling. It has got a special locking system
operated by a handle.
SIDE BUFFERS PRIMARY SUSPENSION UNIT
The body shell is of integral light weight construction consisting of separate assembly
group for under frame, side wall, roof and end wall. The individual assemblies are joint
to each other by welding. Three types of steel are used for manufacture of body shell.
Shell Assemblies Steels used and their
Side wall, End wall
and Roof structure
X2 Cr8 Ferritic Steel
( C< .03%, Cr 10-12%,
Si 1%, Mn 1.5%)
Roof sheet and
X5 CrNi 18 10
Austenitic Steel (SS
( C< .07%, Cr 18%, Ni
10 % Si 1%, Mn 2%)
IRS M-41 / Corten Steel
( C < .01%, Cr .35 -
.6%, Ni .2 - .4%
Cu .3 - .6% Si .3 - .7%,
Body is basically the coach itself without the braking mechanisms and suspensions. It Has the
following constituents. They are discussed below:
a) The Carriageis the main structure of the coach. This contains a floor which is called
Turf. There are Arch Leverswhich maintain the weight distribution throughout the
whole coach. And then there is the roof which is of a typical aero dynamical shape.
b) At the bottom of the carriage there are two kind of bars made of stainless steel which
transfers the weight from the carriage to the wheels.
The Sole Bar is throughout the whole body of the coach vertically. These are at the
bottommost position of the body.
The Cross Bar is the horizontally arranged bars across the body. They get their support
from the sole bar.
CENTER PIVOT ASSEMBLY
Center Pivot is welded to the upper bolster
plank and passes through the supporting
frame which is rectangular in shape. This is
a pivoting system used in transportation of
force through a mechanically advantageous
system of pivot. At the bottom of the center
pivot there is a traction lever. A traction rod
is also connected at the end of traction lever
having its other end connected with the
Body- Bogie connection : - Specially in case of the LHB Coaches, there are a special kind
of bolts called swing bolts, which are four numbered in each trolley. These connect the body to
the bogie to the body. Each bolt is fastened with a pin which can swing in the direction of the
THE TRANSMISSION OF HAULING FORCE
The transmission of hauling force is an important observation phenomenon of the running of
rakes with engines. It is done through a number of ways and each way consists of a number of
1. CENTER PIVOT :- Hauling force is first transmitted to the Screw Couplings which
are connected at the front of a coach. From there the force is transmitted to
the draft gear then to the crossbar, to the sole bar, all the way to the bolster assembly
through swing bolts. Then due to this the swing bolt moves forward and so does the
traction lever and the traction rod. So the crossbar moves forward and the wheels start
2. LONGITUDINAL BUMPSTOP:- There is another way of transmission of hauling
force from the center pivot which is through the longitudinal bumstop. This is partly
cubical in shape attached at the front of pivot assembly. When pivot moves forward it
also moves covering up the little gap between the frame and the bumstop. Through the
supporting frame it goes to the crossbar.
3. ARTICULATED CONTROL ARM:- The articulated control arm is a direct
connection between the body and the bogie. Through this the force is directly given to
Transmission of braking force has the opposite way of this.
Trolley is basically the separated part containing the wheel and other similar
components which are essential to run a coach. When they are attached with the body
they are called the bogie. Here we are going to discuss about the trolley parts of the
1. TROLLEY FRAME :- trolley frame is the main construction of the trolley on
which the other components rest. This is a metallic construction just like a cage
having different gaps in between to fit the components.
2. CENTER PIVOT:- this is the centrally situated hole which will indicate the
correct position of the trolley when fitted with the body. There is a counter part of
the hole attached at the body itself to indicate the perfect position of the trolley.
When assembled they should match perfectly.
3. SIDE BEARING:- Side bearing is the bearing space engulfed by lubes and a
bearing made of bronze which plays a good role in distributing the weight
throughout the trolley.
4. BRAKE CYLINDER:- If we see the trolley in the direction of the motion we will
see two brake cylinders one after one which have the air supply through one outlet.
These brake cylinders operate in a critical air pressure and contains a piston which
we call the slug adjuster. At that particular pressure the piston inside those cylinders
moves and the brakes hold firm onto the wheels.
5. BRAKE BLOCKS :- In ICF coaches we generally use the K & L types of brake
blocks. These are used as components of shoe brakes attaches at wheels. These
special type of blocks are used because of their increased coefficient of friction and
also the heat absorbing capability.
6. EQUILATERAL STEROD:- This is attached to the trolley symmetrically along
the trolley frame horizontally to minimize the lateral force when in motion.
7. ANCHOR ROD :- These are rods attached vertically to minimize the
longitudinal load. Both of them are made of stainless steel.
8. SUSPENSION SYSTEMS :- These are anti-vibrational attachments which are
attached to the main frame and the wheel bearing.
THE LOAD DISTRIBUTION
UPPER SPRING BEAM
AXLE BOX WING
AIR BRAKE SYSTEM
In Air Brake system compressed air is used for operating the brake system. The
locomotive compressor charges the feed pipe and the brake pipes throughout the length
of the train. The feed pipe is connected to the auxiliary reservoirs and the brake pipe is
connected to the brake cylinders through the distributor valve. Brake application takes
place by dropping the pressure in the brake pipe. The schematic arrangement of the
brake equipment is shown as Fig.1 (For passenger coaches), Fig.2 (For Generator
Components of Air Brake System
1. Brake Container (Brake Equipment Panel)
2. Distributor valve
3. Pressure Tanks (125 litres, 75 litres, 6 litres)
5. B.P./F.P. Couplings and Hoses
6. Emergency Brake Pull Box
7. Emergency Brake valve
8. Bogie Brake Equipment, consisting of-
Brake Caliper Units (consisting of Brake Cylinder, Brake Calipers, Brake
9. Wheel Slide Control System, consisting of-
Microprocessor Control Unit
Speed Sensor/Pulse Generator
Brake Container (Brake equipment panel)
The Brake Container (Brake equipment panel) consists of a Manifold on which various
devices like the Distributor Valve, Cocks, Test fittings etc. are mounted. It also consists
of the reservoirs required for the Brake system. The container is mounted under the car
body and different lines (Feed pipe, Brake pipe, etc.) are connected to it.
Connections to the container
There are 4 connections to the container for Passenger Coach,
Brake cylinder pressure -- bogie
Auxiliary support pipe ( for toilet)
There is an additional connection for the containers of the generator coaches,
Support for Indicating device of handbrake
These connections from the container to car body are provided at the back plate fitted
with Ermeto type fittings.
The driver lowers the BP pressure by engaging the A-9 valve in the engine.
This loss in pressure is transmitted from one bogey to the next.
Since CR pressure remains same, the main diaphragm(above the CR) moves up
in response to the pressure drop in DV.
As a result the „three pressure valve‟ opens the AR-BC port .
Thus the AR pressure of 6 kg/cm^2 flows into the BC through pressure
limiters which reduces BC pressure to 3.8.
BP pressure is again increased to 5 kg/cm2.
Consequently, main diaphragm move down and the „three pressure valve‟ closes
the AR-BC port and opens the BC-atm port.
BC pressure is released and the brake caliper is disengaged.
BOGIE BRAKE EQUIPMENT
The Bogie Brake equipment consists of:
Brake Caliper Units
Each axle is equipped with two grey cast iron brake discs. The brake energy is
dissipated only at the axle mounted brake discs, so the wheel set is only stressed by the
weight of the coach. The advantage of this arrangement is that the superposition of the
thermal stresses and mechanical stresses is avoided.
The braking force is generated for each disc by a brake caliper unit, which consists of a
brake cylinder and the brake caliper, amplifying braking cylinder force depending on
the lever ratio.
BRAKE CALIPER UNITS
The brake caliper units are ready–to-use combinations of a brake caliper and brake–
cylinder, providing automatic slack adjustment for wear (abrasion) on brake pads and
brake discs. Consequently, the clearance required between the disc and pads for smooth
running remains practically constant while the brakes are released.
Brake Caliper units consist essentially of the brake cylinder, the brake caliper, and the
brake shoes d1 and d2 with snap lock gates. The brake caliper units are held in the
vehicle bogies by a three – point-mounting arrangement.
Applying the service brake charges the brake cylinder and presses the brake pads
against the brake disc. Brake force is built up when the pads are applied. Venting the
brake cylinder releases the service brake. The return spring in the brake cylinder moves
the caliper levers to the release position.
The handbrake lever is moved mechanically. The piston is pushed forward, and the
brake pads are applied to the disc. When the parking brake is released, the caliper levers
are drawn to the release position by the return spring in the brake cylinder.
U-series brake cylinders with automatic slack adjustment are used to operate the
friction brakes in rail vehicles. U-series brake cylinders are essentially distinguished by
their integral, force controlled slack adjustment mechanism which is designed as a
single acting clearance adjuster. The working of this mechanism is not influenced in
any way by the elastic brake rigging deflection, which varies according to the brake
force. In the course of braking, the slack adjuster quickly and automatically corrects the
increasing brake pad or brake block clearance due to wear.
The axle –mounted brake disc consists of a gray cast iron friction ring and a cast steel
hub, connected by means of radially arranged elastic resilient sleeves which are secured
in the hub by means of hexagon screws. The friction ring is manufactured as a solid
component or in a split version. In the latter case, the two halves are held together by
two tight –fit screws.
Axle Mounted Brake Discs Wheel Mounted Brake Discs
The brake shoe is provided with a brake pad holder carrying replaceable pads. The
brake shoe consists of the brake pad holder, the vertical pins and the brake pad. The
brake pad holder is provided with a dovetail guide into which the pad is slipped. The
pad is held in place by a captive gate, which is pivoted at the pad holder. To lock the
gate a locking spring of spring steel has been provided which is pre-tensioned such that
in one position it secures the gate in the pad holder and in the other (released) position
it holds the gate open. For each brake disc a right and a left hand brake shoe are
Brake Rigging System
Due to BC pressure, the piston moves forward and strikes against the brake caliper.
The lever arm of the brake caliper presses onto the disc brake through the brake
The disc brakes are mounted on the wheel axle and so rotate along with the wheels.
Due to application of brake shoes, the discs begin to lose their angular speed.
As a result the axle also begins to slow down since the two are connected.
Ultimately, the wheels stop rotating as they are mounted on the same axle.
WHEEL SLIDE PROTECTION EQUIPMENT
Operates as a pressure regulation device of the air pressure inside the brake cylinder
and adjusted the braking force to the wheel to rail friction conditions so as to prevent
the wheels from locking and reduce the barking distance
In the case of the adhesion coefficient provided by a dry rail, the device does not
interact with the pneumatic system. The device enters into action when a loss of
adhesion of the axles is detected and, moment by moment, it adjusts the braking force
to the present adhesion conditions.
The operation is controlled so that the skidding wheel is allowed to find the most
favorable area for the adhesion-skidding characteristics.
The action of the device is controlled in order to keep the skidding wheel in the most
favorable area of the adhesion-skid characteristic.
Speed signal derived for CDTS.
Wheel Slide Protection Equipment
Speed sensor & Phonic wheel
Dump Valve and Connector
Electronic Connectors Electronic unit
Generates pulse frequency proportional to the number of revolutions and teeth of the phonic
It comprises a magnetic sensor which exploits the principle of magneto-resistance, by which
the value of the resistance across the sensor terminals is modulated by variation of the air gap
in the magnetic circuit made up of the phonic wheel and the sensor itself.
The pluses coming from the frequency generators are proportional to the number of axles
revolutions and are amplified and converted into digital data as a function of the peripheral
wheel speed and the effective wheel diameter.
Each bogie microprocessor device controls and manages the signals originating from the two
axles of the relevant bogie.
Principle of Antiskid or Wheel Skid Protection System
Center Buffer Coupler
The coupler provides a means of mechanically connecting individual adjacent vehicles
in order to make a train. The coupler is located at both ends of each vehicle. When
connected to a coupler of an adjacent vehicle, it allows the vehicles to move
independently to accommodate track curvature and elevation change while remaining
connected (coupled) together.
The coupler is opened manually using the coupler operating rod and is closed
automatically when the couplers on adjacent vehicles are mated. The coupler
automatically locks when fully mated.
LHB coaches have been provided with tight lock centre buffer couplers instead of
Couplers are AAR-H type and have anti climbing features because of vertical
interlocking. Couplers have adequate strength for:
Satisfactory hauling of a train of 26 coaches at 110 kmph
Satisfactory hauling of a train of 18 coaches at 160 kmph
Coupling is possible under angular misalignment both horizontally and vertically. The
coupler permits coupled trains to negotiate vertical and horizontal curves and allows
rotational movements. The draw gear ensures cushioning effective in both buff and
Controlled Discharge Toilet System (CDTS)
LHB coaches are fitted with controlled discharge toilet units to avoid soiling of track in
station and inhabited areas.
The toilet system is designed to operate with a pressurized water bowl wash that covers
100% of the toilet bowl area. The waste is removed from the toilet bowl and transferred
to a retention tank with a minimal amount of water. Water consumption is only 2.5
liters per flush cycle for the Indian style toilet bowl and 1.5 liters for the European style
Requirement of less Air and Water.
Easy to clean.
Operating Principle of CDTS
This system works on electrical & pneumatic pressure arrangement. The retention tank
stores effluent has two openings. These two openings activates by double acting
pneumatic cylinders fed by Feed pipe of air brake system with the help of
electromagnetic solenoid valves.
The system starts working on a single push of flush switch. As the flush switch is
pressed, water flows into the toilet bowl & the upper slide valve opens which is
connected between the toilet bowl & retention tank. All the toilet waste is transferred
into the retention tank. At the end of each flush cycle the supply of water is stopped &
the upper slide valve is closed. Thus, the toilet is sealed from the retention tank,
preventing odour entering from the toilet room.
The waste accumulated in the retention tank remains in the retention tank until two
parameters are satisfied.
A predetermined no. of flush counts, &
The train is reached a predetermined speed.
As soon as these above two parameters are met, the lower slide valve of retention tank
opens & the toilet waste accumulated in the tank is discharged out of the tank to the rail
side, away from the station & city.
The lower slide valve of the retention tank remains open for only small period of time
to empty the retention tank. The lower slide valve then remains closed until the above
discharge parameter conditions isagain satisfied.
Toilet system has following components:-
1. Indian & European toilet basin with flush nozzles:
These are two types of toilet basin used in CDTS system.
2. Control panel:
Control panel of CDTS consists of following equipments:
a. Programmable logic controller (PLC):
The Programmable logic controller works on 24 V DC having 8 inputs & 4
outputs. It records the no. of flush cycles for opening/closing of lower slide to drain
out the effluent from retention tank. PLC also controls the opening/closing of lower
slide when signals received from WSP regarding speed of vehicle through WSP
System to control the flushing & signal received from Empty WC switch.
b. Solenoid valve:
The solenoid valve control the entry & exit of pneumatic air in the pneumatic
cylinders fitted on the upper & lower slide valves after receipt of signal from
Control relay is fitted aside of PLC on the control panel. A supply of 110 V DC is
present in the control relay. This control relay operates at 24 V DC &connect 110 V DC
supply. When 24 V DC supply is received from PLC, control relay operates & the 110
VDC supply present in control relay is passed on to the water pressurizer.
3. Retention tank:
The effluent drained from the toilet basin bowl after flushing is stored in the
retention tank. In case of extra flush (beyond the capacity of tank), overflow pipe is
provided to drain out the effluent.
4. Lower Slide valve:
Lower slide valve is designed to operate on two parameters (predetermined no.
of flush counts, & predetermined speed of vehicle). As soon as these above two
parameters are met, the retention tanks lower slide valve open. The toilet wastes
accumulated in the tank are discharged out of the tank..
5. Upper Slide valve:
Upper slide valve is opened with the operation of flush switch. It closes after
effluent enters the retention tank. The slide valves open & closes by the movement of
piston of pneumatic cylinders controlled by PLC & solenoid valves.
In the latest version, the flapper arrangement has been introduced instead
of upper slide valves, to overcome slide jamming problems. This flapper arrangement
consists of a flap, which is connected by means of connecting links to one pneumatic
cylinder. This flapper operates in vertical direction (open & closes). The difference
between slides & flapper arrangement is the axis of movement of opening arrangement.
This is an electrical switch. On pressing this switch the electric circuit is
completed with the PLC & flush cycle starts.
7. Water Pressurizer:
Water pressurizer is fitted in the inlet of water pipe line connection to the CDTS
system. As the flush button is operated this water pressurizer is started & pressurized
water is supplied to the toilet basin.
8. Fail Safe Mode:
A “FAIL SAFE MODE” of operation is been provided in both Indian and
European Style Toilet System.
In the event of a loss of air, a loss of electricity or both, to enable use of the
toilet, the “FAIL SAFE MODE” is provided. It is also termed as manual flush.
The status of various components/devices is listed below:
Water Pressurizer – Off
Water check Valve – Closed
Upper Slide Valve – Closed
Lower Slide Valve – Closed
Depress momentarily Flush Button and the status of various components / devices is listed
Step – 1
Water Pressurizer & Water
check valve – On (for a
Upper Slide Valve – Open (for a predetermined
Step - 2
Water Pressurizer & Water
check valve– Off
Upper Slide Valve – Closed
Retention Tank Discharge Cycle
Condition – I
If train speed is - below 30 kmph then the retention tank lower
slide valve – closed
Condition – II
If train speed is above 30 kmph and Flush Count is below Predetermined value, then the Retention
Tank Lower Slide Valve remain closed.
If the train is above 30 kmph and Flush Count is equal or above Predetermined value, the Retention
Tank Lower Slide Valve Opens (for a predetermined time).
End of Retention Tank Discharge Cycle
Flush Count restarts at ZERO (0)
THE PRIMARY STRUCTURE : - Train is the combination of various types of coach
and the train engine.There are many kind of rakes which play an important role in serving the
main purpose of driving a train. Like public transportation and carrying goods etc.
There are also varieties of train engines depending on the medium they are driven by, like
electrical and fuel based, especially diesel. Here we are going to concentrate on the trains
which are used mainly for travelling and are equipped with such facilities.
So rake can be defined as the combination of coaches attached together after detachment of the
engine from the train.
THE MAINTENANCE OF THE TRAINS:- The maintenance of the trains is an important
criteria for every coaching facility and workshop. This is very important to make the system
run smoothly and to look after the passenger safety. So knowledge about the proper
maintenance is essential.
Seen from the point of view of the train itself there are three kinds of maintenance
available in Eastern railways.
1. Primary Maintenance- According to the rules of railways, every division of railways
possesses the responsibility of running some specific trains. For those trains under the
consecutive divisions primary maintenance is done before that train leaves that section
of railways. In other words the primary maintenance is done at the mother or the
Here every aspect of pressure related systems, and aspects of public safety are checked.
The continuity, the bonding between coaches etc is also taken care of.
This takes at about 5 – 6 and half an hour duration until it is given the fit to run
Down train arriving
Drawn out of the
The rake stabled
at the yard or sent
Each primary maintenance comprises a form which is known as the v-5 form.
This form has information spaces about those aspects that are secured during this
maintenance. If a train is given fit instead of any fault not so fatal, that is written in
2. Round trip/Turn Around Maintenance -This maintenance takes place after the train
reaches its final destination from the staring one. This is a short duration maintenance
preparing the train to send it backto the terminal station. Just the necessary
maintenance is carried out.
This takes about one hour forty minutes to about two hours to complete.
3. Secondary Maintenance - Secondary maintenance is a specific type of the primary
maintenance. When the train runs for about 3500 kilometers orabout 3 days, either
way, then at the destination station the train undergoes the secondary maintenance.
Here the measures taken are just similar to the primary one. The duration is about six to
THE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES AND THE OVERHAULING PERIODS
There are normally seven kinds of maintenance schedules depending on the condition of
coaches and wagons. They are respectively -
1. A- Schedule - after 30 days of manufacturing or of periodic overhauling,
2. B-Schedule - after 90 days of manufacturing or of periodic overhauling,
3. C-Schedule - after 180 days of manufacturing or of periodic overhauling,
4. Intermediate Overhauling - after 9 months of manufacturing or of periodic
5. Periodic Overhauling - after the returning date given by the workshop after
6. Non-Periodic Overhauling - This is done after 12 months or 18 months after the
manufacturing date or the periodic overhauling date depending
on the condition of the corresponding coach.
7. Interliftingschedule - This is a special kind of maintenance done within the
maintenance facility with lifted coach and parts.
PERIODIC OVERHAULING:- Periodic overhauling is the best available process of
maintenance of coaches in India. This generally operated after 12 or 18 months after the
manufacturing or the previous periodic overhauling done in any workshop. This undergoes a
huge process of lifting the coach, isolating the all parts, and changing or replacing the
necessary or damaged parts. In other words this is the process of renewing the coaches. Here
are some varieties-
1. 12 month basis -
2. 18 months basis -
a. Mail and express trains -
b. Passenger trains -
3. For MLR coaches - 18 months -
4. For new built coaches - 24 months -
POH DATE AND RETURN DATE:- POH date is that date on which its POH has been done
previously in an workshop. This is written on the coach. And the return date is the date on
which it is to be dropped off from the track and to be taken for another periodic overhauling.
Generally they have a 12 month or 18 month gap between them in accordance with the
definition of the POH.
Both of the dates should be given by the corresponding workshop where its POH has been
SIGNIFICANCE OF COACH NUMBER :- Every coach has its own unique number
attached to it which obviously carries some significant information to us. Generally in India
that is of five numbered.
The first two digits represents the year of manufacturing of the coach. And the rest three digits
represents the list of types of coaches. It represents of which type the coach is.|~|
EXAMPLE. 06023 , we can write it up as 06 and 023
O6 represents the year of manufacturing which is year 2006
And 023 represents the type which is an FAC type coach.